Wind Energy

Harnessing the winds of change.

Wind is the most abundant clean energy source in Michigan. So it’s only natural we are the state’s largest investor in this environmentally friendly technology.
DTE is leading the way toward a green energy future and is committed to providing customers with energy that is safer, cleaner and more affordable. Wind is a completely renewable and non-polluting energy source. It is emissions-free and reduces environmental impact.

Capturing the power of the wind provides many benefits to our customers, the environment, landowners and our stakeholders. Once the equipment is in place, the operating costs of producing wind-based electricity is less than traditional generation technologies.

Wind energy is a variable power source, meaning we will still need 24/7 power sources. Wind energy is still important, however, because it helps reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and secure our energy independence.

Wind Energy in Michigan

Stoney Corners Windmill
Michigan ranks among the top 15 states nationwide for potential for wind energy generation. The area around the Great Lakes is particularly well-suited for wind energy development because of the availability of higher wind speeds across flat land.

DTE has been developing wind parks in Michigan since 2008 and has driven more than $2 billion in renewable energy since then. The cost of wind generation has decreased significantly as the technology has advanced and the industry has expanded, making wind energy the most cost-effective renewable energy resource.

As the state’s largest investor in and producer of wind energy, DTE produces enough energy from renewable sources to power nearly 450,000 homes.

Renewable Energy Project Map

Michigan Service Map
DTE Energy is Michigan’s largest producer of renewable energy. Our 13 wind parks and 31 solar arrays generate enough clean energy to power 450,000 homes.

Check out where our current projects are located on our renewable energy project map.

Wind development process

Wind development can require up to 5 years for siting, zoning, feasibility and environmental studies, permits and construction. The exact timeframe required to complete a wind project is dictated by site and project specifics.

The size of a wind park depends on the area of land available, additional electrical demand required and available electrical system capacity.

Once complete, turbines and their service roads require only 3 to 5 percent of the total land in the wind park. The vast majority of the land remains available for other uses, such as farming or grazing.
1. Acquire Easements
2. Collect Data
3. Apply for Electrical
4. Microsite Turbines
5. Secure Permits
6. Procure Turbines &
    Other Components
7. Construct Access Roads
8. Pour Foundations
9. Install Turbines & Other
10. Complete Substations
     and Interconnections
11. Test Turbines
12. Commission and
     Operate Wind Park

Wind development steps

Here are just a few of the specific development activities our team performs:

  • Seeking community feedback through multiple meetings and open houses
  • Performing three years worth of wildlife studies, including migration analyses
  • Installing meteorological (MET) towers to gather weather data, such as wind speed, direction, temperature, pressure and icing conditions
  • Reviewing local zoning and permitting requirements
  • Consulting drainage tile maps for collector system design
  • Working with multiple local agencies like planning commissions and road and drain commissions
  • Educational presentations at schools, civic clubs, meetings and events
  • Establishing a complaint resolution process
  • Aiding landowners with title clearance issues
  • Serving on advisory panels, including Great Lakes Wind Collaborative and Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group.